NHTSA’s Car Seat Advisory
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release regarding a car seat advisory for parents and caregivers. Officials with the NHTSA are warning parents and caregivers not to use or purchase car seats that don’t comply with current U.S. safety standards. After pediatrician concerns alerted the NHTSA to the dangers associated with car seats being sold in the U.S. that are not up to federal safety standards, officials are looking to get the word out about how to spot a car seat that isn’t safe. Listed below are some telltale signs that a car seat is not up to federal safety standards.
Telltale Signs that a Car Seat Does Not Meet Federal Safety Standards
- Seats without lower anchor attachments
- Car seats without proper labeling
- Car seats that lack a chest clip
- Car seats that are only secured by a seat belt crossed over the seat and not correctly installed.
Getting Your Child’s Car Seat Inspected and Installed
At this time, the NHTSA is urging consumers not to use or purchase car seats that do not meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). If you’re not sure if your child’s car seat meets current safety standards, the NHTSA has a variety of great resources online. Additionally, you can contact your local California Highway Patrol office for a free car seat inspection. They will also make sure your car seat is properly installed in your vehicle. Finally, if you suspect any safety issues associated with your child’s car seat, contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.
Car Accidents in San Diego
Making sure your child is buckled into an approved age and size-appropriate car seat is the single most effective way to protect him or her in the event of a crash. Even the best drivers can’t help what other people are doing on roadways. Just because you don’t text behind the wheel, that doesn’t mean you might not get hit by somebody who does.
If you have been injured in a car accident involving a dangerous or negligent driver in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.